Ohio State coach Urban Meyer admittedly has tunnel vision during football season, but even he caught wind of the scandal that’s rocking college basketball, the result of a federal investigation.
At the heart of it was a scheme to funnel large payments to players and their families at certain schools serviced by Adidas, and it involved assistant coaches at several schools, according to the U.S. attorney in charge of the case. Louisville coach Rick Pitino was the first major figure to fall, put on leave Wednesday because of his program being implicated.
Although Meyer wasn’t up on all the details, he is on board with any kind of cleanup.
“I don’t know enough about it, but any time there is teeth put into regulation, teeth put into making sure people are following the rules, I’ve always been a big, huge, tremendous fan of that,” he said Wednesday.
A look at Rutgers
Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson is in his first season, but he was coach at Indiana the previous six years so he can see that Rutgers (1-3) — where OSU plays Saturday night — has improved defensively compared with a year ago.
“They started operating a lot of their stuff out of an odd front (usually with three defensive linemen). I don’t know if Washington was ready for that,” he said, referring to Rutgers’ opener that it lost to 30-14. “They’re kind of big up front. They’re good on the edges.
“And of course (coach Chris Ash) challenges every throw. … Really, every game defensively they’ve been rock solid. I think second half last week against Nebraska, (the Huskers) ran the ball a little bit on them. But they’ve played good defense all year.”
Weber appears ready
Running back Mike Weber has had his “most extensive” practices of the year the past couple of days, Wilson reported.
Weber started last season but has been dealing with a strained hamstring since preseason camp. During the first four games, freshman J.K. Dobbins has started instead and gained 520 yards.
Meyer said Weber could have played last week against UNLV, but he was held out as a precaution.
“Last week he practiced nice. This week he’s getting a lot of reps, the best he’s looked,” Wilson said. “Hopefully, we’ll get him going.”